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. but we've got to look very carefully at the entitlements and realize that something like medicare, medicare right now you've got a situation where there's not a whole whole lot to cut. i mean, you can cut with regard to renegotiating these rates, putting rates for pharmaceutical products with these various pharmacies. i mean we could save a lot of money there. i think the other thing mark zandy said just yesterday, as you know he was the adviser to mccain, he said in a hearing yesterday that the affordable care act is having some impact on possibly reducing the inflation rate of medical costs in medicare. and he believes that one of the things we have to do is we have to strengthen the affordable care act so that we are concentrating on keeping people well. it's cheaper to keep them well. far more costly when they get sick. and if we can keep them well, that will bring down the cost of medicare at the same time. so yeah, there are many things that we can do. we can make that medicare system much more efficient and effective. and i believe the president is committed to doing that.
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government growth in our country, we know this, it's social security and medicare. so, what they want is something in writing from the white house. again, what they have to do is say we are committed and serious about entitlement reform. >> even if the president and the speaker reach a compromise, is there a guarantee, though, that this will go through congress? if they can come to a deal, do you think the other underwork is done? >> no. already, there has been chatter that an initial vote could go down on the house floor like we saw the bank bailout go down in late 2008. that's why these negotiations are taking place in private because these two sides don't want to see all of this opposition come from the rank and file and strong arm numbers into volting for it because they have to so we don't go over the fiscal cliff later. >> i want to jump on to the next topic chlgt this has been a big one. robert, i start with you, history in the making with the latest poll showing a reversal in attitudes toward marriage equality. 37% thought same-sex marriage should be legal in 2004, now 53% are